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Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale - Brewery Vivant

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BA SCORE
81
good

332 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 88
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 12
Gots: 16 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jale on 01-23-2011)
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5/5  rDev +40.4%

GoldenChild, Nov 18, 2011
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4.53/5  rDev +27.2%

Today being New Beer Sunday and being unable to procure any new AMLs, I have decided to make it New MichiCAN Beer Sunday in honor of the day's founder, Malty, who resides somewhere in The Great Lakes/Wolverine State. These (among others) were sent to me by GrappyPunk and I have been waiting for an appropriate time to Crack & Glug them open.

From the CAN: "WHY USE CANS? We set out to build a sustainable brewery and found through our research that cans are a better option than bottles. Cans are much lighter in weight, contain more recycled content, are able to be up-cycled, and use less energy to produce. The canning line also has a much smaller footprint than a bottling line."; "If this was not enough, cans provide better protection from flavor degenerating oxygen and hop flavor robbing sunlight. This is the best package we can provide to bring our beer to you, tasting the way the brewer intended it. Enjoy."; "Belgian tradition. Local mission."; "FRENCH STYLE FARMHOUSE ALE There was a time in old world France when nearly every family farm had a brewery. A necessary part of farm life was to provide a ration of beer to laborers, as beer was safer to drink than the water of the time. Farm Hand is our interpretation of what these rustic beers must have been like. It is light in body, mildly sweet and has a slight cloudiness from the use of simple un-malted grains similar to the period."; "COMPLIMENTARY FOODS Chicken, fish, pasta, Camembert or other soft cheeses. Visit our website for more."; "GLASSWARE Tall, slender glass which will show off the beautiful color of the beer and allows for pleasant sipping."

The Crack went as planned, but the Glug was perhaps a tad heavy-handed as I did not realize how active a beer this was going to be. Man, the foam came up MUCH more quickly than anticipated and even broached the lip of the glass, much to my chagrin. Once things settled to a state of normalcy, I had a finger-and-a-half of rocky bone-white head that looked like JacktheRipper's avatar - dense and smiling up at me. The color was a testament to truth in advertising - it was a cloudy lemon-yellow and the whole thing looked like a lemon meringue pie. The nose was quite musty, almost cheesy in its intensity. Me likee! I have yet to get onboard with Andrew Zimmern, but Anthony Bourdain and his lack of disdain for sharp, "stinky" smells and flavors and rubbery mouthfeel speak to me. I am a US Navy retiree and that kind of thing does not put me off, but Zimmern's grilled horse heads push my upper limits. The nose on this beer might be too much for some, but I dug it. Mouthfeel was big, full, even creamy and the initial slight tartness followed by a light wheat-like sweetness were like a palate cleanser. Look, Ma, new taste buds! Finish tended towards dry and it was an absolutely refreshing beer that would be phenomenal with some soft cheese on crackers under the umbrella on the beach. Put this in your cooler and give me a call! I'll be right over, honey honeys in tow.

woodychandler, Jul 31, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

atone315, Apr 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

coz, Aug 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

pare311, Oct 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

rusty3335, Sep 07, 2012
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sliverX, Aug 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +26.4%

pmckenney, Sep 16, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +24.4%

This is my household's standard summer beer, I highly recommend it.
Appearance- Pours a golden yellow with a bit of haze. Low to moderate head. Carbonation works its way beautifully up the side of a pub glass.
Smell- Grapefruit, hay, crispness of Vivant house yeast, cereals.
Taste- Simple, fresh, straight forward grassy cereals and dry tart yeast. The nose of this beer is lively, it will make you smile. with As the beer warms, the batley flavor blooms in a good way. You will fully appreciate this brew if you are hot, sweaty, and thirsty.
Mouthfeel- Refreshing. There's decent carbonation here it's definitely not flat. It's balanced, not thin or thick. If you're parched this beer fits your palate like a glove.

Overall, this is a solid beer. Beginners will find it accessible and drinkable, experienced drinkers will appreciate the quality of Farmhand from start to finish.

PincheNorteno, Jun 01, 2013
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4.35/5  rDev +22.2%

16 oz can poured into a Brewery Vivant can glass.
5% ABV,

A - Farm Hand's fleeting white head sinks to a thin skim of foam above the still and hazy pale straw yellow beer, leaving it an attractive beer to sip.

S - Tart lactic acidity almost comes across the nose as a sour mash process (as opposed to yeast) giving way to cracker-like dry maltiness with a complimentary dry earth undertone and suggestions of bubble gum and lemongrass from the yeast.

T - Hoppier than expected, Farm Hand brings a lemony citrus twang to the delicately yeasty saison. Underlying biscuit-and-cracker malts pave the way for a refreshingly tart finish of lactic acidity.

M - Vibrant tartness starts and finish this delicate and refreshing saison while in between lands a kiss of hop bitterness that dials everything in just right.

O - Brewery Vivant's Farm Hand puts a truly unique spin on the saison style with a forward lactic acidity-like tartness that steals the show as opposed to the bigger Belgian overtones. The yeast nuances are there but subdued and soft, making this one hell of a good beer!

BeerFMAndy, Aug 08, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +21.6%

A: Gold and bubbly.

S: Fruity Belgian notes predominate.

T: Nice and light, a little sour, lots of Belgian fruit, finishes clean.

M: Light body, good carbonation.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this. I haven't had very many saisons, especially saisons with a Belgian twist, but this is definitely something I'll be getting more of later.

mjshearer1, Jan 14, 2013
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4.29/5  rDev +20.5%

16 oz can courtesy of mseguin pours a slightly hazed yellow color with a surprisingly fizzy head that fades in a matter of seconds...I don’t remember the other two cans of this doing that.

Nose seems to do a nice job of displaying lemony, tart yeast over a delicate and grainy malt backdrop. Just a touch of grassy hop aroma.

Taste is nice...sharp yeast and lively hops along with an earthy, biscuit maltiness. It is definitely at its best when fresh to give it the added complexity the hops bring. It is super drinkable...and I think it is my favorite of the 4 Vivant offerings I have had thus far. I could easily throw a 4-pack of this down without getting bored with it. In fact, there is a good possibility this is my favorite saison in a can! I really like how the malt is a touch earthy and the yeast is the main character that is on display...and the best part: no spice additions!!

twiggamortis420, Jan 23, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev +19.7%

Pours a cloudy pale yellow and a generous white head with merengue density that quickly ebbs.

Aromas of yeast, lemongrass, and sour mash.

Tart with essence of lemon. Mild pepper. Pears and white grape round this up.

Light-bodied with a spritz quality to it.

Sessionable saison. Cannot go wrong bringing this to any summer backyard gathering. Will be fantastic for the summer heat. Keeping the style in mind, Brewery Vivant made this easy going and thirst quenching as any farmhand would need. The style has been mastered well.

joeseppy, Mar 20, 2013
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4.26/5  rDev +19.7%

A: Solid golden cloudiness with a cloud of pinkish yeast suspended in the middle of the glass, a little white foam but no real head, some large bubbles rising fast to the surface.

S: Lemon peel, five alive citrus drink, Belgian yeasts, umami, black pepper.

T: Light citrus like a lemon-citrus taste but its not very fruity, and not like my use of citrus in IPA’s or APA’s. It’s more of a white grapefruit that is taken to a less potent version, with some lemon juice added, then some black pepper and umami added.

M: Light body, medium high carbonation, very dry finish.

O: A great saison. I am really enjoying this one. Very light, not overly complex but keeps me wanting to drink it as a refreshment.

patre_tim, May 23, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Guinnsslvr, Dec 28, 2012
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spartanlaker, Oct 26, 2013
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ianpstephens, Jul 13, 2013
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dtx00, Sep 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

leprechaunandfatman, Nov 11, 2012
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gratefulbeerhead, Mar 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Calculat0r, Apr 02, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Pours a gaudy straw yellow; very clear until the last two ounces are swirled around in the can to release the dregs into the glass. Smells musty and lemony. Taste is crisp, tart yet balanced with some sweetness, floral and grassy, and the yeast gives that musty quality that I really enjoy. Cereal grains also come through. Overall, a great beer and one I look forward to drinking in the spring time.

knepper, May 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

Jameson_Daniel, Jun 09, 2014
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Desimoaj, Jul 17, 2014
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Farm Hand French Style Farmhouse Ale from Brewery Vivant
81 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.